With just six days until the 2020/21 A-League season kicks off, the competition has today admitted games could be postponed following Sydney’s COVID-19 cluster.
The season is set to kick off with the Western Sydney Wanders taking on newcomers Macarthur FC at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, but that match appears it will be postponed due to the outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
While Sydney FC currently has their opening game of the season scheduled to take place at Jubilee Stadium on December 30 against Melbourne City in a grand final replay, which also looks unlikely to go ahead at this stage.
As states across the country tighten their borders, Football Federation Australia’s head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said the competition would be ready to postpone any games should restrictions prevent matches from being played.
“The learnings and the collaborative dynamics created from the delivery the 2019-20 season are invaluable to us and on behalf of the thousands of people involved in delivering the last season, I can tell you that we are determined to deliver a great showcase of Australian football once again, both on and off the field,” he said.
“We have 218 games to play in the next 6-months and our plan is to deliver all of those games.
“Where games are impacted by border closures, we will postpone those matches to be played at the earliest opportunity.
“We are closely tracking and reviewing Government guidance, and building our plans to ensure that we have the flexibility to respond dynamically to any guidance changes. The safety, health and wellbeing of our players, fans and staff is our ultimate priority.”